Welcome to the Sport Northern Ireland Athlete Awards 2021-22


In this investment, where applicable, Sport Northern Ireland will contribute to the essential personal living costs of an athlete.

This investment aims to enable athletes to train in order to maximise potential.  Those applying will be required to demonstrate that their circumstances have changed or need to change significantly to allow them to adequately prepare for competition or the national high performance programme.

This investment is in line with Sport Northern Ireland’s Sporting Winners corporate objective and associated principles; to ‘help more NI athletes win at the highest level’ by targeting athletes who have the potential to achieve success and excel in Olympics, Paralympics and Commonwealth Games.

How to apply

Governing Bodies of sports will be responsible for nominating athletes for the Athlete Awards. Applications submitted directly from athletes will not be considered.

These awards will operate on an annual basis. The 2021/22 awards nomination process will open on Monday 25th January 2021 and close at 4pm on Friday 26th February 2021.

Successful nominations can expect to receive the award in advance of the expenditure period; half of the award in April 2021 and the second instalment in October 2021.

  • Please see the SNI Athlete Award Guidance document for further information and requirements for submissions.
  • Please use the Athlete Award Nominations document to submit nominations to Sport Northern Ireland.  Each tab on this nomination form must be completed in full.

Please submit the Athlete Award Nomination document to sportingwinners@sportni.net by 4pm on Friday 26th February 2021.

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